Nottingham Forest finally looked to have completed their transfer window activities today as Fawaz Al Hasawi confirmed the arrival of two new players

Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira and Lille winger Ryan Mendes finally received Football League and international clearance, following Brighton striker Chris O’Grady to the City Ground. Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams is also expected to be announced soon.

Oliveira, Mendes and O’Grady all arrive on season-long loans. Despite losing Michail Antonio to West Ham United in a deal worth £7 million — and Jamie Paterson on loan to Huddersfield Town — Dougie Freedman has sought to replace the impact of the former Sheffield Wednesday player.

After loan spells with Deportivo La Coruna, Rennes and Swansea City, Oliveira will hope to add to Forest’s goal threat alongside O’Grady with injuries to Britt Assombalonga, Matty Fryatt and Dexter Blackstock diminishing the strikeforce. The 24-year-old forward has 14 senior caps for Portugal and played during the country’s Euro 2012 campaign.


Mendes, 25, is a Cape Verdean international who joined Lille from Le Havre in 2012. With limited appearances for the French club in recent years he will hope to secure a permanent contract at the end of the season.

Williams, a 21-year-old Welsh international, has had three spells on loan at Ipswich Town in the last 18 months but struggled with injuries. He remains valued by the South London club after breaking through into the first team as a teenager.

The international break allows the new players to train with the squad before next Saturday’s televised game with QPR.

Despite the limitations of the transfer embargo under Financial Fair Play regulations — which will hopefully be exited next summer — Freedman would appear to have done some excellent work having kept Henri Lansbury and added in key areas of the squad.

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